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LINGUIST List 21.1883

Mon Apr 19 2010

Calls: Applied Ling, Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics,Socioling/ Austria

Editor for this issue: Kate Wu <katelinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Martin Stegu, Queer Linguistics: Between Theory and Applicability

Message 1: Queer Linguistics: Between Theory and Applicability
Date: 17-Apr-2010
From: Martin Stegu <martin.steguwu.ac.at>
Subject: Queer Linguistics: Between Theory and Applicability
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Full Title: Queer Linguistics: Between Theory and Applicability

Date: 24-Oct-2010 - 26-Oct-2010
Location: Graz, Austria
Contact Person: Martin Stegu
Meeting Email: martin.steguwu.ac.at

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics;

Call Deadline: 31-May-2010

Meeting Description:

VERBAL Workshop
'Queer Linguistics: Between Theory and Applicability'

This year's Austrian Linguistics Conference (Österreichische Linguistiktagung /
ÖLT), held at the University of Graz/Austria (24-26 October, 2010), will host
an international workshop on the topic of Queer Linguistics.

Call for Papers

For this workshop, we invite papers that deal with language and sexual identity
from a Queer Theoretical point of view. In accordance with the framework of the
Austrian Association of Applied Linguistics (Verband für Angewandte Linguistik /
VERBAL), which will co-host the workshop, a central focus will be on the
applicability of Queer Linguistics to concrete communication contexts.

Queer Linguistics transfers ideas from Queer Theory (Degele 2008, Jagose 1996,
Kraß 2003, Sullivan 2003) to the study of language and is not exclusively
restricted to documenting the linguistic behaviour of lesbian women and gay men.
A central issue in the field is the critical discussion of heteronormative
practices that surface in both language structure and use. For this purpose,
gender binarism and heteronormativity are exposed as essentialist, mutually
reinforcing mechanisms that need to be questioned and/or deconstructed.

Further topics of interest include the discursive construction of sexual
identities and/or sexual desires, and the conceptualisation of heterosexuality
as norm.

Finally, cross-cultural or historical linguistic analyses may be used to
highlight the relativity of dominant Western identity categories such as
female - male, hetero - homo, gay - lesbian.

We do not set any restrictions as far as type of language data and research
methodologies are concerned. This is done out of a conviction that
heteronormative structures linguistically surface in heterogeneous ways and that
many linguistic approaches may be used to perform critical
heteronormativity research.

Possible methodologies include those prevalent in Critical and/or
Poststructuralist Discourse Analysis, Conversation Analysis, Sociolinguistics,
Pragmatics, but also more structure-oriented types of linguistic analyses as
found, for instance, in Contrastive Linguistics or Diachronic Linguistics. We
hope to unite research on and from a variety of cultures.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words may be sent to Martin Stegu, WU (Vienna
University of Economics and Business)/Austria (martin.steguwu.ac.at) and/or
Heiko Motschenbacher, Frankfurt am Main University/Germany

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31 May, 2010. Applicants will be
notified on whether their proposals have been accepted by the end of June.
Presentations are supposed to have a length of 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for

The workshop language is English.
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